Amazing – Viv – the future of applications with natural language queries

The team behind Siri debuts its next-gen AI “Viv” at Disrupt NY 2016. This is some pretty amazing technology. Mixing natural language queries with applications is changing the way we use devices and technology.

Viv is an artificial intelligence platform that enables developers to distribute their products through an intelligent, conversational interface.

I can imagine all kinds of applications for this technology. Virtual concierge kiosks in restaurants, hotels, theme parks, etc.

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Facebook likes just got emotions

Facebook has been talking about this for quite some time and now it is here. Just hover your mouse over the Like button and you will see some new emoticons. So for the first time you can like in anger a post!

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From left to right we have:

Like    Love   Haha   Wow   Sad   and   Angry

Imagine the analytics they will be able to gather from this…

Great mobile application for Black Friday

I was sent a story idea for a mobile application call Zoomingo and I will say upfront that if someone pitches me an application or story idea I really have to like it to blog about it. This application fits the bill. I installed it and immediately found value with it. What is cool, as you can see from my screen shots below is you can get a glimpse into Black Friday deals.

Zoomingo tracks and displays Black Friday sales as soon as the information is available – the only shopping app that displays local sales and offers from more than 100 national retailers at more than 70,000 retail outlets throughout the nation.

What you get are weekly Ads for Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Macy’s, Forever 21, H&M, CVS & Kohl’s.

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Donate to Wikipedia today!

I have long been a fan and user of Wikipedia. And as many of you know, it comes with no advertisements and that means it solely relies on donations. I highly recommend anyone who uses Wikipedia to go and donate $3, $5, $10, or even more to the site today. You can even claim this donation on your taxes, check out this page.

Donate today!

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We all start at zero

Had to pass this great video and cause on to everyone. I love Khan Academy and I think its cause is the future of learning. Join the cause today!

You Can Learn Anything!

You can learn anything

Mind Map: 22 Best Open Source Apps for Music and Video Editing!

How cool is this? The folks over at Sound Stage Studios put this interactive mind map together to highlight the 22 Best Open Source Applications for editing video and music. Click on the image below to see the live code:

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Just how good is the Blue Yeti Microphone? You can compare it here.

yeti-toonThese have been the options that I have used to create the videos on my YouTube channel to date. Now, a real comparison would be to get another “good” microphone and compare it to that, however, I think this post clearly shows being cheap about the microphone is not a good option at all.

I first started with the built-in microphone of my laptop:

 

Then I pretty much used my Apple earbuds with the microphone exposed on my chest:

 

I then used the Rode lavalier but didn’t really like it at all:

 

Enter: Blue Yeti. I have yet to do a video with this but the sound is clearly superior: